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OMEGA Boutiques - Dubai: BurJuman • Deira City Centre • Dubai Mall • Dubai Festival City • Mall of the Emirates • Mina A'Salam • Mirdif City Centre • Jumeirah Beach Hotel • Sahara Centre • Wafi and at select Rivoli Stores. Abu Dhabi: Marina Mall • Yas Marina • Toll Free: 800-RIVOLI

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I N C I N EMAS

JAMES BOND’S CHOICE

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OMEGA Boutiques - Dubai: BurJuman • Deira City Centre • Dubai Mall • Dubai Festival City • Mall of the Emirates • Mina A'Salam • Mirdif City Centre • Jumeirah Beach Hotel • Sahara Centre • Wafi and at select Rivoli Stores. Abu Dhabi: Marina Mall • Yas Marina • Toll Free: 800-RIVOLI

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THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS TO EVERY RULE.

WOMEN’S MILLENARY IN PINK GOLD.

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THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS TO EVERY RULE.

WOMEN’S MILLENARY IN PINK GOLD.

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CONTENTS 11.2015——ISSUE 108

21——W E L C O M E 22—— F R O M T H E C O V E R

24——E S S E N T I A L S—— Events and attractions in the emirate 33——S H O P 35——P R I M E T I M E——Sports watches combine performance and function 38—— I N T H E S P O T L I G H T—— Jeremy Hackett on why classic will never go out of style 44——I N S E A S O N—— Make a fashion statement in earthy tones and grand accessories 48——S T Y L E Q U E E N —— Emirati designer Lamya Abedin crafts contemporary abayas 50——S H O P P I N G S P A C E —— Enjoy an island shopping experience at Yas Mall 53——E X P E R I E N C E 54——C R E A T I V E D I R E C T I O N——The emirate is set to host another exciting edition of Abu Dhabi Art 60——C O L U M N——Gallery manager Vanja Rontini discusses art in the capital 62——T H E Q U A R T E R ——Spend the day outdoors at Abu Dhabi Corniche 64——P H O T O E S S AY——Concierge showcases the home of motorsports in the capital, Yas Marina Circuit 70——E M B R A C I N G T H E E L E M E N T S—— Indulge in an inspired luxury spa treatment in the city 76—— A L T E R N A T I V E V I E W——Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque from a different perspective 78——T A S T E 80——C H E F S P O T L I G H T—— Executive Chef Vangelis Boulis from Royal Rose and City Seasons Hotel 82—— C A P I T A L C U I S I N E —— Enjoy culinary delights and family entertainment at Taste of Abu Dhabi

87—— T H E C O L L E C T I O N Our curated offering of the very best of Abu Dhabi

104—— A S K T H E C O N C I E R G E —— Pyae Phyo Naing, assistant concierge manager at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, reveals some of the city’s best dining destinations


A perfect destination for the whole family. Despite fast-paced development in Al Ain, it is still a safe and quiet place surrounded by greenery and extraordinary nature. It offers a relaxing retreat for any individual after a tiring day at work or school and is a must-visit tourist destination.

Al Ain National Museum

The oldest museum in the UAE. Open since 2 November 1971, it displays the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique heritage and history.

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Al Ain Palace Museum

The museum is based in the Palace of the former UAE President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his family and is regarded as a memorial and a unique cultural landmark.

Rising 1,240 metres above sea level and visible from outer space, these towering heights have obtained a place as the number one family destination.

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Green Mubazzarah

Is an area with sulphur water wells and hot springs; it has developed into an important tourist destination further defined by beautiful gardens.

Al Jahili Fort

One of Al Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest forts; its construction began in 1891 and was completed in 1898.

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WELCOME ——

As a visitor and guest in Abu Dhabi you have arrived at one of the most exciting times of the year. November hosts a range of events suited to all interests. Art enthusiasts can visit our annual boutique fair Abu Dhabi Art while classical tastes are also catered for with the second season of Abu Dhabi Classics – an emirate-wide celebration of the best of classical music from east and west which runs right through until May. November also means the welcome return of the calendar high point for motor sports lovers – the 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and we invite spectators from around the world to ‘Go Beyond’ the race track and experience more of what our fabulous emirate has to offer. The F1 weekend, which runs from November 27, is packed full of action. The main focus is on the state-of-the-art Yas Marina Circuit, but the experience extends throughout Yas Island and the rest of our capital with the Yasalam entertainment programme – which gets underway on the Abu Dhabi Corniche beachfront from November 19. This year, the experience also coincides with a great chance to interact with the UAE’s culture and heritage at the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival, running from November 20 at Al Wathba on the outskirts of the capital. While we enjoy November, we can look forward to a thrilling year-end as we await the return of the 11th Al Ain Air Championship which takes to the skies between December 17 and 19; just one of many events and attractions of the beautiful oasis city, and UNESCO-inscribed heritage heartland. I wish you a relaxing, enjoyable and memorable stay in Abu Dhabi.

Jasem Al Darmaki Acting Director General——Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority


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C A P I TA L D R I V E The 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix races to the capital from November 27 to 29, bringing the year’s exciting F1 season to a dramatic close. This is one finale that everyone is counting down to and thousands of motorsports fans will witness the action live from Yas Marina Circuit where plenty of twists and turns await.

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Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie and Hugh Jackman Crafted for New Heights In homage to the European explorer and his need for utmost precision, Montblanc pays special tribute with the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Complet Vasco da Gama Special Edition featuring a full calendar and a blue lacquered constellation around the moon phase, which shows the exact same night sky above the Cape of Good Hope as Vasco da Gama observed it in 1497 on his first journey to India. Visit Montblanc.com

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ESSENTIALS Nov ember 2015

N AT U R A L C H A R M

—— Delicate and chic, the latest designs from Damas’ homegrown jewellery line Farfasha exude effortless charm and femininity. Modelled by famed Arabic artist and celebrity Nancy Ajram, the collection boasts beautiful eight-carat gold floral and butterfly motifs. Shop these beautiful pieces at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi. Contact: 02 6354420


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—— In news that will delight film enthusiasts, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority has teamed up with Image Nation Abu Dhabi to present a new screening series exploring movie history entitled The 7th Art. Taking place at 7:30pm each Sunday at Manarat Al Saadiyat, this month’s line up includes Story of Film and Faces of Children. Contact: 02 5969800

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As the 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix brings the sport’s season to a close, visitors can expect plenty of thrills both on and off the track. When it comes to post-race celebrations, a ticket to Amber Lounge – amberlounge.com – is one of the most covetable around. Book a table to mingle with celebrities as Craig David headlines the prestigious after-party. Meanwhile F1 ticket holders can enjoy exclusive access to concerts by Enrique Iglesias, Florence + The Machine and Blur during race weekend. Visit: yasmarinacircuit.com

W E E K E N D FE A S T S

—— Make the most of your weekend by heading to Millennium Corniche Hotel Abu Dhabi and take advantage of its sensational dining packages. Every Thursday night, Biscotti hosts its weekly seafood buffet where guests can feast upon a lavish spread of freshly prepared seafood and unlimited beverages. Then, on Fridays, gather your loved ones and try Biscotti’s Friday Family Brunch. Complete with live food stations and plenty of activities for the little ones, it’s an afternoon out everyone can enjoy. Contact: 02 6146000

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C L A S S I C A L M US I C

—— Grammy winner Jordi Savall returns to Abu Dhabi Classics for the second installment of his critically acclaimed composition dedicated to renowned Arabian explorer Ibn Battuta. Since its world premiere at last year’s event, classical music fans have been eagerly awaiting the continuation of this musical journey following the adventures of the ancient traveller. This November, Savall will perform four concerts at various locations around the capital. Visit: abudhabiclassics.ae

V E N E T I A N V I L L AG E

—— Located within Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Venetian Village offers a unique dining experience. Spanning 20,000 squares metres, diners can sit back and take in its picturesque waterside al fresco setting. While there, savour a traditional izakaya culinary experience at Inakaya where master chefs present authentic specialities. Contact: 02 4041921

Take a trip back in time and explore the UAE’s rich pearl diving past with the Abu Dhabi Pearl Journey tour. Hop onboard a traditional dhow, departing from Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara and take in this unique experience at a special rate of AED500 per adult and AED400 per child. myconcierge.com

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—— The annual Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival will take place in Al Wathba from November 20 until December 12 and celebrates the incredible contribution of the UAE’s founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan towards the nation’s success. Visitors can expect Emirati folk arts and entertainment, interactive workshops by talented craftsmen, a village market for souvenirs as well as camel races. Visit: abudhabievents.ae

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Returning to its original Abu Dhabi location, the UAE’s popular luxury lifestyle showcase, Big Boys Toys is set to wow with another stellar edition from November 18 to 21 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Visitors can enjoy digital shooting and archery, supercar experiences and impressive high-tech gadgets. Ticket prices start from AED50 per person. Visit: bigboystoysuae.com


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MONTBL ANC

—— The Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Complet is a tribute to the great explorer Vasco da Gama and his first journey to India. On the silvery white dial, this highly functional complication displays the date, day of the week and month in subdials as well as a distinctive moon phase at 6 o’clock showing the night sky above the Cape of Good Hope as Vasco da Gama first observed it in 1497 upon entering the Indian Ocean. The Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Complet Vasco da Gama is available at the Montblanc boutique in The Galleria on Al Maryah Island. Contact: 02 6764776

O N S TAG E

—— The prestigious Moscow City Ballet company is set to impress the city’s theatre aficionados with two incredible shows this month. On November 24 and 25, watch the famed fable of Sleeping Beauty come to life at Emirates Palace. On November 23, spend an enchanting evening captivated by the tale Giselle, told for the first time in the country. Tickets start from AED150. Visit: artforall.ae

D E L I C AT E J E W E L S

—— Reaching back into its archives, Danish jeweller Pandora’s nod to the past provides the inspiration to this season’s delicate designs. Reimagined in 14-carat gold and Sterling silver, discover dainty floral lacework designs, gorgeous winged silhouettes and classic pieces that radiate a distinct vintage vibe. Elegantly crafted, each piece is peppered with sparkling stones. Peruse Pandora’s latest jewellery designs at Yas Mall. Contact: 02 5632973

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I N FO C US: C A PI TA L A D D R ES S

—— The emirate’s newest cultural venue Warehouse421 is a welcome platform for artistic expression. Located in the port area of Mina Zayed, it sees warehouses transformed into striking exhibition spaces and galleries. To mark its launch, Warehouse421 is presenting a three-day programme from November 19 to 21 where visitors can experience a carefully curated programme of events and exhibitions while also soaking up the fun family atmosphere complete with musical performances, workshops by industry experts and a creative market showcasing designers from different disciplines. “The event will serve as an introduction to the UAE’s cultural landscape and we will have a number of key exhibitions that will touch upon themes of perception, memory and transformation,” explains Khulood Al Atiyat, the arts, culture and heritage Manager at Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation. “Through the curated programme, the vision is to encourage visitors to explore their world. We hope for them to create new realities through the

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creative collaborations they will participate in at the event and through different sensory experiences,” says Khulood Al Atiyat. Some of the exhibitions include Lest We Forget: Emirati Family Photographs 1950-1999 – an extensive collection of family photographs by Emirati citizens examining ideals of memory – while 1:100 The Warehouse Reimagined presents artistic representations of 3D warehouse models. Another exhibition titled Mina Zayed: Through the Lens of Jack Burlot takes viewers through a day in the life of Emiratis in the Al Mina region, captured by photographer Jack Burlot who visited Abu Dhabi in 1974. An additional warehouse will house works from the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship programme in an exhibition titled Art, Process & Practice. “In the future, we’re hoping to be an arena for cultural discourse. Warehouse421 is a place created for the community – providing a stage to express, engage and develop views and perceptions on arts and culture. We hope it continues to grow in alignment with Abu Dhabi’s vision for 2030.”


Dual Time Manufacture Self-winding manufacture movement with Silicium technology. Patented unique time zone quick setting. 18 ct rose gold case. Water-resistant to 30 m. Also available in stainless steel. Limited Edition of 500 pieces.

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Yas Mall celebrates you this November. It’s Yas Mall’s 1st Anniversary and you and your family are invited to a memorable month of celebrations all day long. Catch the very best in entertainment, dining, shopping and more... YAS MALL, WHERE IT’S ALL HAPPENING YAS ISLAND – ABU DHABI

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SHOP Sacoor Brothers

Marking its 25th anniversary, Sacoor Brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Autumn/Winter 2015 campaign celebrates its Portuguese heritage with one of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most iconic men, celebrated footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. Highlights include elegant suits in a variety of patterns with double-breasted jackets as well as jacquard knitwear. Browse the latest collection at Yas Mall. Contact: 02 5650849


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WAT C H E S / S H O P

PRI ME TIME ——— Shining a spotlight on high performance and dramatic design, Concierge reveals the finest sport inspired watches of the season

The UAE capital is counting down to some of the year’s most exciting sports events such as the 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November and Al Ain Air Championship in December. The world of sport is perfectly paired with horology, cementing a unique partnership that first formed at the start of the 20th century. In the past, sports watches were reserved for aviation and military personnel and, over time, models were built to withstand shock and resist water. Watches soon evolved to include other unique features such as a stopwatch, tachymetre to measure speed and more. Today we’re spoilt for choice and, in tribute to the season ahead, Concierge showcases the rugged sport inspired timepieces worth coveting.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher Breitling Avenger Blackbird 3 Hublot MP-12 Key of Time Skeleton IWC Schaffhausen Ingenieur Automatic Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation MB&F HMX 6 Officine Panerai Radiomir Black Seal 8 Days Acciaio Omega Seamaster Bullhead Rio 2016 Limited Edition Richard Mille RM 003 Tourbillon Yas Marina NTPT Dual Time Zone TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph 10 Zenith Pilot Type 20 Hommage à Louis Blériot

—— Dark and mysterious, the Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher limited edition features a 44mm case and an openworked dial. Technically, the model negates the need for multiple timing devices as it has a single chronograph driving two central hands that can be controlled via three pushpieces. References to Schumacher are seen with seven stars on the case in honour of his seven F1 Championship titles and an ‘MS’ monogram. Limited to 221 pieces. Al Manara International Jewellery, The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, 02 6743444

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All black and built for adventure, Breitling’s new Avenger Blackbird boasts a list of exceptional features including rugged carbon coating, a large screw-locked crown with non-slip grip and the ability to remain water resistant up to 200m. The dial stands out with luminous hour markers and hands, along with a red border framing the date window. Famed for crafting watches for professionals, Breitling models are fitted with chronometer-certified movements, which are the ultimate token of precision. The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, 02 6743444

One of the highlights at Baselworld this year was Hublot’s avant-garde MP-12 Key of Time Skeleton. Presenting a non-conformist approach to time, the model’s HUB 9012 movement can vary how time is measured by speeding it up or slowing it down. This means that when on the speed up position (four times faster), real time is shown to pass in a quarter of an hour on the dial, and vice versa when in the slow down position. The MP-12 looks just as commanding with a horizontal flying tourbillon cage. Limited to 20 pieces. Marina Mall, 02 6811822

Classically elegant, Ingenieur Automatic Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is water resistant to 12 bar and is designed to protect against magnetic fields. Representing the positive influence of sport in the world today, 13-year-old Nakayenga Zahara from Uganda won IWC’s drawing competition and her picture of cheerleaders with pompoms celebrating a trophy is engraved on the back of the case. A portion of sales proceeds will be donated to the foundation’s projects around the world. Limited to 1,500 pieces. Marina Mall, 02 6811557

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With the brand celebrating its 10th anniversary, the HMX is an ode to founder Maximilian Büsser’s childhood passion for car design. HMX displays bi-directional jumping hours and trailing minutes in a unique manner. Rotating discs feature mirror image numerals reflected at 90° and magnified by two sapphire crystal optical prisms before the time is projected onto the front vertical display. Look closer and you’ll see supercar-inspired dual ‘rocker covers’ too. Limited to 80 pieces. Al Manara International Jewellery, Yas Mall, 02 5650054

The Italian watch brand boasts a rich maritime heritage supplying instruments to the Royal Italian Navy. The Radiomir line has been in existence since 1936 and gets its name from a radium-based powder that gives luminosity to the dials. The new Radiomir Black Seal 8 Days Acciaio pays homage to its past with a stainless steel 45mm case and a minimalistic dial displaying hours, minutes and small seconds, while also boasting water resistance of about 100m and a power reserve of 8 days. The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, 02 4919748

The Seamaster Bullhead Rio 2016 Limited Edition pays tribute to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in spectacular fashion. The vibrant timepiece features a signature blue leather strap that links directly to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games logo, while subtle side stitching in yellow, green, red and black reference the Olympic rings. Each Seamaster Bullhead Rio 2016 timepiece is stamped with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games logo on the caseback, making it an enviable collectors’ item. Limited to 316 pieces. Rivoli, Abu Dhabi Mall, 02 6456220

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The new RM 003 Tourbillon Yas Marina NTPT Dual Time Zone has been on our radar all summer. The trademarked NTPT carbon is a new material for watch cases which was originally developed for the sails of racing yachts and has also been used in the Formula 1 car chassis for the last two seasons. The inner bezels are in white and blue to match the colours of the Yas Marina race track, while the Yas Marina logo and map of the circuit can be also be found on the caseback sapphire glass. The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, 02 6724440

With a spotlight on motor racing in November, we’ve set our sights on the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph, marking the 30th anniversary of the partnership between TAG Heuer and McLaren. Sporting a fiery ‘rocket red’ design, inspired by McLaren’s 1985 campaign, its quartz chronograph movement is accurate to a tenth of a second, displayed on the small counter at 6 o’clock, with the chronograph minute counter at 9 o’clock and the current seconds counter at 3 o’clock. Limited to 5,000 pieces. Abu Dhabi Mall, 02 6446448

French pilot Louis Blériot’s cross-Channel flight in 1909 made history and Zenith’s onboard instruments contributed to the feat, which is what makes the Pilot Type 20 Hommage à Louis Blériot all the more special. The dramatic dial is made from a deep grey meteorite – a fragment of the Muonionalusta asteroid – and features a natural motif of interlacing ribbons. It’s not just a pretty face though, as it boasts a number of technical feats including being water resistant to 30m. Limited to five pieces. Rivoli Prestige, The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, 02 6432204


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SPORTS WATCHES HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN EDGE THIS SEASON, COMBINING AVANTE-GARDE DESIGN WITH INCRED IBLE FUNCTION TO CREATE MECHANICAL MASTERPIECES

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LONDON CALLING ——— Concierge meets Jeremy Hackett, the dapper designer behind the eponymous British label

Classic never goes out of style. Just ask Jeremy Hackett, co-founder and chairman of a fashion brand that’s often regarded as the de facto standard in quintessential British style. This is impressive considering the brand was born out of weekend work. “When I was still at school, I had a Saturday job in the local tailor’s shop in Bristol where I was brought up. When my father read yet another of my bad school reports he said, ‘if you don’t pull your socks up you will end up working in a shop’. Fortunately that is exactly what happened,” Jeremy tells Concierge. At the age of 19, the budding designer moved to London and worked at King’s Road, one of the city’s most fashionable districts. It wasn’t long before he was offered a position on Savile Row, a place where he really began to learn more about the art of tailoring. As a hobby, Hackett stopped by flea markets and bought second-hand clothes with vintage appeal that he then sold on to friends. The pastime became so profitable he gave up his post in Savile Row and focused on transforming his hobby into a business along with friend Ashley Lloyd-Jennings. “With no business plan, no marketing plan and very little money I opened the first shop in the New Kings Road, which my bank manager at the time very encouragingly declared to be a retailer’s graveyard. I was happy to prove him wrong. It was six months before I felt confident to put my name above the door. Within three years it

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moved from second hand clothes to making new clothes, following the principles of the vintage pieces that had proved to be so successful. It was at that moment that I thought perhaps this could be the beginning of the Hackett brand. Thank goodness I never pulled my socks up,” says Jeremy. Using extensive knowledge of British men’s style, Hackett began to produce its own line of fashion and accessories in 1985 with a collection that featured classic cuts but with bold use of patterns and colours that presented a refreshing take on menswear at the time. Decades later, despite many more stores opening – both regionally and internationally – little has changed on the style front. “I think our approach to classical dressing appeals to men who wish to look stylish and who like to invest in their wardrobe, but who do not wish to necessarily be at the forefront of fashion. I like to think that we look at fashion and take from it only what we think works for Hackett. It is important to have and maintain a point of view and to understand that you can’t be all things to all men,” says Jeremy. While a lot has changed in the world over the years, demand for classic elegance has never wavered, and it’s an exciting time to be in menswear fashion. “I have noticed in recent years that men are much more likely to look at fashion; they seem to be more adventurous and prepared to mix things up such as combining classic tailoring with a touch of


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sportswear. There are many more men’s magazines offering advice on how to coordinate your clothes and of course the internet has generally made men more confident and willing to make an effort. In the past men, on the whole, bought clothes because they needed them. Today they buy clothes because they like them,” he explains. There’s a lot to like in Hackett’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection, where Jeremy draws on his time at Savile Row taking inspiration from British tailor Tommy Nutter who had an unusual method of putting clothes together by pairing different sized checks. In the Hackett collection, three piece suits feature varying checks and pinstripes and the traditional flannel suit presents contrasting pockets and elbow patches. Wool gets its time in the spotlight as well this season. “In January we held a fashion show titled ‘Sheep Shape & London Fashion’ that featured a capsule range to celebrate all that is wool. We worked with the illustrious British Fox Brothers & Co and I particularly like the way we mixed up plaids on suits and the army style greatcoat with the sheepskin collar is a favourite of mine,” says Jeremy. Every collection is a breath of fresh air, reinventing the classics that British men have grown to know and love. Jeremy explains that inspiration strikes at any time and can be drawn from movies, books, conversations and travelling. Fans are given a sneak peek into his life through his successful Mr. Classic blog. “I do enjoy writing, although, until I was approached by the editor of The Independent On Sunday magazine to write a piece for them, I had barely written more than a thank you note. After I had submitted a trial piece they were so pleased that they gave me a column called Mr. Classic, which ran for about three years. I also like to take photographs and have started to use Instagram which has become quite addictive,” explains Jeremy. While Hackett has a global presence with stores as far afield as China and Peru, as well as regionally in the United Arab Emirates, the brand’s enigmatic founder reveals that they are now keen on introducing British style to the American market. Just don’t expect Hackett dresses or skirts to ever be unveiled by the brand. “As far as womenswear is concerned we have no immediate plans – in fact we have no plans at all,” says Jeremy with a smile. “I think our customers quite enjoy the fact that we are a menswear brand only.” Hackett, The Galleria on Al Maryah Island. Contact: 02 4124045

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T H E C A M PA I G N F O R W O O L

A global community with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales as a patron, The Campaign for Wool aims to build awareness about the benefits and versatility of wool in fashion, furnishings as well as everyday life. For Wool Week this year, which took place last month from October 5 to 11, the campaign roped in key figures in the wool industry, including British menswear icon Jeremy Hackett, for a promotional series entitled, The Incrediwools.


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A few years ago Jeremy Hackett, chairman of Hackett, together with Douglas Cordeaux, managing director of renowned cloth makers Fox Brothers & Co, invested in a flock of Wensleydale sheep in Somerset, England. Earlier this year, their fleeces were woven to produce an exclusive luxury wool fabric that featured in Hackett’s finale three-piece suit in the ‘Sheep, Shape and London Fashion’ collection for the Autumn/Winter season.


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EARTHY ELEMENTS ——— Blend intense autumnal tones of burnt orange and terracotta with elegant nudes and rich gold for a sophisticated take on new season style


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1. Salvatore Ferragamo Autumn-Winter 2015 — Creative cuts and extravagant textures give this subdued palette fresh appeal. Avenue at Etihad Towers, 02 6655481 2. Etro Autumn-Winter 2015 — With gloriously resplendent patchwork detailing, Etro introduces a rich mix of vintage floral prints. The Dubai Mall, 04 3308774 3. Jimmy Choo Autumn-Winter 2015 — Cool cutout detailing and a sumptuous slick of suede and patent give these block heels a contemporary vibe. The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, 02 6769399 4. Michael Kors AutumnWinter 2015 — From ankle boots to party pumps, the new Jet Set collection features six essential shoe styles for chic travellers. Abu Dhabi Mall, 02 6503890 5. MaxMara Autumn-Winter 2015 — Modelled by Gigi Hadid, shop gorgeously oversized coats and sassy bustier dresses in soft camel hues. The Dubai Mall, 04 3882070 6. Fendi AutumnWinter 2015 — Bound to see you through this season and more, update your winter wardrobe with a fleecy wool coat. Marina Mall, 02 6813553

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STYLE QUEEN ——— Emirati designer Lamya Abedin is pioneering a modern take on the abaya

Geometric prints, bold colours and edgy fabrics are not traditionally associated with the abaya, a garment often viewed as more functional than fashionable. On the whole, attempts to add to the aesthetic have centred on subtle touches and enhanced detailing – that is until Lamya Abedin came along. The Emirati designer has brought a fresh creative approach with abaya designs that have succeeded in making a serious fashion statement. Since the launch of her label Queen of Spades in 2008, Abedin’s creations have been worn by a steady stream of A-listers, and are in high demand around the world. Her work has been snapped up by major retailers and exclusive boutiques where the city’s fashion elite vie for the unique styles.

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“It all began in 2008, I was searching for an abaya for myself and I just could not find a one-of-a-kind piece. I have a real love for fashion, styling and creative design, so it seemed to me I should explore that calling and started making abayas for myself. It all grew from there. My family’s support, as well as encouragement from friends, were the final elements that got me to where I am today,” says self-taught Abedin. Influences from all over the world can be seen in the designer’s work, which combines various cultural cues. There are abayas which can be worn during the day in bright colour palettes, crafted from lightweight fabrics with tassels and intricate patterns. Others are perfect for a special occasion and come in stunning blacks and golds with dramatic detailing and glittering needlework. “Abayas have evolved and have been redefined to not only suit the Emirati woman, but women of all nationalities and all cultural backgrounds. It has become an admired garment, and is becoming a staple in the wardrobes of many women. “My belief is that a designer is someone who brings style into life, so I always look for ways of making the everyday extraordinary through my designs,” Abedin says. While the abaya’s role in Middle Eastern society features prominently in her work, Abedin is far from limited by traditional notions in her creative process. Influences come from all walks of life to give designs a truly global feel. “I have taken inspiration from folk dancers in Mexico and the spring ceremonies of the Japanese Cherry Blossom season. At other times, I’ll look a little closer to home and find myself intrigued by my son’s car collections or my daughter’s bedtime stories.” She adds: “I love sourcing materials and drawing inspiration from all around the world. I believe

every country holds treasures, and depending on the theme, mood board or vision I’m working on, I start collecting my textiles to produce the collection I want the world to see. I also feel this helps my collections reach out to fashion-loving women, no matter where in the world they are.” The designer has an impressive roster of clients and A-list collaborations under her belt, from Lady Gaga and Tory Burch, to Rolls Royce. She is keen to build on that reach to ensure the abaya appeals to women everywhere. “In a deck of cards, the Queen of Spades is regarded as powerful. So as the name of my label suggests, I make each and every piece fit for a queen. My clients could be socialites, the girl next door, a mother, an entrepreneur, a travel enthusiast or a trend setter. She is a woman who always strives to be a pioneer and distinguishable in a crowd of fashionistas,” says Abedin. At the heart of each piece she crafts, Abedin blends contemporary influences with a sense of history and culture. Her hope is that the abaya is soon taken seriously in fashion circles. She says: “My designs are all about living up to the richness of our tradition in a contemporary world. I want to tell the world that our national dress is as fashionable as any runway trend, without compromising our culture.”

W H E R E TO BU Y: Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, 04 3399933 Valleydez boutique, Sunset Mall, Dubai 04 3809024 USH Boutique, Al Wasl, Dubai 04 3442202 Visit: queenofspadesstore.com


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ISLAND SHOPPING ——— Family fun and designer labels at Yas Mall

Yas Mall celebrates its one year anniversary this year. In a short space of time, the mall has already built an enviable reputation as one of the capital’s most exciting shopping destinations. Located in the heart of Yas Island, Yas Mall boasts a staggering 2.5 million square feet of retail and entertainment space. Over 350 brands call this mall home, including a number of global names such as American label BCBG Max Azria, Italian style favourite Elisabetta Franchi and Munich-based fashion house Laurèl. Other fashion highlights include the expansive House of Fraser store as well as Moschino and Zadig & Voltaire for premium fashion. For luxury timepieces and jewellery, visitors are spoilt for choice with dedicated Omega and Versace Accessories boutiques, while a wider selection of luxury brands can be found at top retailers such as Al Manara International Jewellery, Damas Jewellery, Rivoli, Watch Gallery and Mohammed Rasool Khoory & Sons.

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Yas Mall also boasts eco-friendly credentials and has been designed using regionally sourced, recycled and durable materials. The overall design concept is based on a modern interpretation of traditional Emirati culture with artistic expression also in the spotlight thanks to creative sculptures dotted around the mall’s corridors. The mall’s Town Square is another popular attraction and regularly hosts exciting community events, including the Yas Mall Fashion Week that saw top brands present their latest Autumn/Winter collections last month. There’s plenty to experience at Yas Mall. After a morning spent shopping, enjoy an al fresco lunch at the Cascade Dining area designed to resemble quaint European street style cafés, or take the family to watch the latest blockbusters at Vox Cinema before preparing for take-off with one of iPILOT’s flight simulation experiences.

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Yas Mall has a direct link to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest indoor theme park and home to the fastest rollercoaster Formula Rossa. It accelerates from 0 to 240km/h in under five seconds and is one of the most popular attractions at Ferrari World. Contact: 04 4968000

THE OVER ALL DESIGN CONCEPT IS BASED ON A MODERN INTERPRETATION OF TR ADITIONAL EMIR ATI CULTURE


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As any curator, collector or art enthusiast with an understanding of the region will know, the UAE capital has more than established its place in the art world. At no time is this more evident than during Abu Dhabi Art, when thousands visit from across the globe to tap into the city’s cultural ecosystem and take advantage of its influence in the Middle Eastern art community. The show, which takes place from November 18 to 21, is now in its seventh edition and offers a carefully refined and creatively crafted experience of the local, regional and international art scene, attracting 40 top galleries from the Middle East, Europe, Asia and North America.

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For many of the galleries attending, it’s the networking opportunities and the gateway it offers to the Middle East art scene that distinguishes Abu Dhabi Art from other global fairs. “Abu Dhabi is uniquely positioned as a meeting point between the east and west and is renowned for its dynamic multicultural identity,” says Rita Aoun-Abdo, executive director of Abu Dhabi Art at TCA Abu Dhabi. “Abu Dhabi Art has established itself as a key moment on the calendar of the international art world and connects local and international audiences through the unique experiences it offers,” she adds. The fair attracts a sophisticated audience of local and international collectors, curators and art enthusiasts, providing a platform for global galleries looking to build a relationship with the region. “Abu Dhabi is changing rapidly with great museums in the making and a growing community of collectors in the area. We participate in the show every year because of the opportunities it affords us and our artists to engage with the dialogues set up and make new connections in the Middle East,” says Xenia Geroulanos, director at the Paris branch of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, one of the galleries participating in this year’s event. At the same time, Abu Dhabi Art also offers local institutions and artists the chance to forge international connections and expand their footprint in the Middle East. “Abu Dhabi clearly positions itself as one of the main art hubs in the region, making this area a strategic market for us. Moreover, the captured audience in Abu Dhabi is unique and different from other fairs in the region,” says Mohammed Hafiz, co-founder of Saudi Arabiabased ATHR gallery, which is also taking part in the show this year.

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—— For artists, Abu Dhabi Art offers an invaluable opportunity to exhibit their work on a dynamic global stage. Selected galleries are invited to curate signature solo shows presenting the work of some of their most promising emerging artists and offering huge exposure for a group of talented individuals from around the world. There are also several programmes set up to support and promote UAE talent. Emirati Expressions features works by a generation of innovative local artists exploring the place of art in UAE society in new and inspiring ways, while the show’s longrunning Wings project reaches out to young local designers, artists and creative professionals, inviting them to reimagine Abu Dhabi Art’s symbol in their own idiosyncratic style. The winning work will go on display at this year’s show. Fledgling galleries also have the chance to enjoy some of the limelight. The Bidaya section of the programme sees the launch of an emerging gallery onto the international art scene with the focus this year on Gallery One, Ramallah, Palestine’s first art gallery.


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Another distinguishing feature of Abu Dhabi Art is the way in which the show celebrates the city around it. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the UAE capital’s artistic atmosphere and explore its creative identity throughout the programme. This year, Bliss will feature a series of interactive live performances curated by Fabrice Bousteau and inspired by the dynamism of Abu Dhabi. Beyond, meanwhile, spreads the dialogue out from Abu Dhabi Art’s base on Saadiyat Island to other areas of the city where the emirate’s grass roots art community thrives with a series of largescale sculptures and installations in public spaces. Another element with a strong local flavour is Durub Al Tawaya, a multifaceted programme of performances that celebrates the power of contemporary art to open paths of cultural exchange by engaging with diverse influences – in particular, cultural heritage and it’s capacity to transcend national boundaries. Under this banner, Rimini Protokoll will present Remote: Abu Dhabi, a dramatic urban scavenger hunt designed to offer participants an entirely new experience of the city. Other elements will include a solo dance by Radouan Mriziga inspired by Islamic geometry and da Vinci’s Vetruvian man and a screening of the 1969 film, The Night of Counting the Years.

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“WITH FL AGSHIP MUSEUM PROJECTS TAKING SHAPE IN THE CIT Y, ABU DHABI ART IS A MOMENT TO REFLECT ON THE PROGRESS TOWARDS BUILDING ABU DHABI’S REPUTATION AS A VIBR ANT CULTUR AL HUB”

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—— Architecture is playing an increasingly prominent role in the Abu Dhabi Art programme – a reflection of the growing emphasis on the city’s urban aesthetic as an increasing number of striking structures adorn the local landscape. In addition to the Design Lab workshop for UAE architecture students, a highlight this year will be a discussion on the Rain of Light – the breathtaking roof at Louvre Abu Dhabi – led by its architect Jean Nouvel. The opening date for the new museum is now set for late 2016, but the much-anticipated facility is already playing an active role in the local art scene. “The Louvre Abu Dhabi has been eagerly establishing opportunities to interact with the local audience through its public programme running up to the opening of the museum,” says Isabelle van den Eynde from the Dubai-based Isabelle van den Eynde gallery, which has participated in Abu Dhabi Art since its inception. “This ties in with the work of the fair – to engage audiences in a conversation about art in its multitude of forms,” she adds. Interaction between the different branches of Abu Dhabi’s art community, from the major

galleries and events to the grassroots initiatives and pop-up fairs, is what’s driving the city’s art scene forwards. “The art scene in the region is growing together with joint efforts from galleries, artists, government initiatives and art fairs. There are more and more art-related initiatives in the country, and these are creating new and innovative platforms to raise curiosity about contemporary Middle Eastern art,” says Van den Eynde. The UAE capital is at the heart of this artistic awakening, paving the way for a regional renaissance in the fields of art and culture. “As the cultural ecosystem of Abu Dhabi continues to grow over the coming years, each initiative and project – whether large or small – will benefit the others through supportive relationships and a comprehensive, interwoven vision of Abu Dhabi’s world-class art scene that engages international stakeholders and local audiences equally,” says Aoun-Abdo, adding: “With flagship museum projects taking shape in the city, Abu Dhabi Art is a moment to reflect on the progress towards building Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a vibrant cultural hub.” There has been a change in the habits of consumers too as the local market responds to a shift in attitudes towards the place of art in contemporary Middle Eastern society and the role it will play in the future. “The audience here is developing hand-in-hand with the efforts that are being made,” explains Van den Eynde: “While a few years ago most of the gallery’s sales were taking place outside the GCC, this trend is now reversing. There has been a sort of awakening in the entire region towards modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art.” The Middle East art market is maturing rapidly thanks in no small part to its now well-established and respected annual art fair, which continues to inspire the wealth of talent, creativity and ambition that simmers beneath the city’s surface.

Abu Dhabi Art runs from November 18 to 21 at Manarat Al Saadiyat. For more information visit: abudhabiart.ae or contact: +971 2 5995180


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The gallery manager of Salwa Zeidan Gallery discusses Abu Dhabi Art

Since its first edition in 2007, Abu Dhabi Art has placed itself on the global map as an event that brings together local and international art. The fair has been raising the standards with every passing year, exhibiting clear content curation and a highly sustainable profile, as well as building long-term relationships with some of the best galleries. I believe the emirate’s ambition will only be fully achievable with the creation of a tangible local art market, and even more importantly, cultural education on a regional level. With previous experience in the European art market, I find Abu Dhabi Art very interesting for several reasons. With every passing year, the fair has been encouraging dialogue by bringing audiences from all over the world together over highquality and often thought-provoking art in the UAE capital. Walking through Manarat Al Saadiyat halls, it is amazing to notice how regional art is successfully finding its place among other prominent art exhibits worldwide. Artists here are gaining acceptance from leading players in the global art market and I believe this is where the fair and the participating galleries have a very direct role. It is vital today

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that Middle Eastern artists display their work alongside international artists. The fair also continues to place attention on the country’s most prominent homegrown artist through its annual show Emirati Expressions. While speaking of local art, it is also interesting to notice that many artists draw inspiration from their rich cultural heritage – one example is our gallery artist Fatema Al Mazrouie. Her work, uniquely inspired by the heritage of the UAE, has had an amazing breakthrough and success with Abu Dhabi art collectors. Abu Dhabi Art’s strategic location at Manarat Al Saadiyat offers many benefits. After all, the newly formed cluster on Saadiyat Island is currently one of the most promising projects in the fields of culture, business, architecture and tourism worldwide. Located mere minutes away from the future Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, it is in line with current trends within the cultural community where most big museums and institutions of today need to observe their art as assets to overcome institutional difficulties. When discussing contemporary art, this bears even more importance. Many of the high-valued assets of the contemporary

“I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT ABU DHABI ART WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE CR ADLE OF RELEVANT ART DIALOGUE IN THE YEARS TO COME” world are still on the rise, and many of them are coming from the Middle East. With the fair successfully serving as a platform, artists based in the UAE, and regionally, now have more chance for their work to be seen, recognised, and subsequently included in some of the great collections of this important future museum cluster. I have no doubt that Abu Dhabi Art will continue to be the cradle of relevant art dialogue and a beacon for local and regional art in the years to come. It will further help to establish the concept of universality in the world’s art market, and one can argue that there’s no better place for this than Abu Dhabi. As Frank Gehry, the architect behind Guggenheim Bilbao, and now Guggenheim Abu Dhabi states, ‘I never expected to be able to design another one of these places. But in Abu Dhabi you can do things that would be unthinkable anywhere else’.


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BY THE CORNICHE ——— Enjoy the sunshine at one of Abu Dhabi’s most vibrant addresses


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Abu Dhabi Corniche has been the heart of the city for decades. Stretching across eight kilometres of pristine waterfront, the bustling promenade is decorated with fountains, lush greenery and charming cafés with views of the Arabian Gulf. The Corniche also boasts its own cycle track and it is common to see families out enjoying a fun day in the sunshine. Visitors can rent bicycles through FunRideSports (02 4455838) located by the Hiltonia Beach Club. There is a good variety of models available to rent including mountain bikes and fun city bikes that can accommodate a couple of passengers on the back. Cycle all the way to the Corniche Breakwater to enjoy some retail therapy at Marina Mall. The popular shopping mall is home to over 400 stores, including a number of gift shops that present an array of souvenirs to take home. Next door to the mall is the Heritage Village which has been designed to resemble a traditional oasis village, housing a range of traditional artefacts and displays that offer valuable insight into the emirate’s past. Abu Dhabi Corniche is one of the most popular places to meet and mingle with friends, and presents an ideal setting for photo opportunities with the city’s dramatic skyline as a backdrop. There are several parks worth exploring in the area. In the east, Heritage Park with its winding paths and pristine lawns offers a serene escape from the bustle of the city while Lake Park features a lake with a 15-metre high fountain. Enjoy a tranquil afternoon here before indulging in the cultural pastime of smoking shisha at Café Layali Zaman in Lake Park or head towards Corniche Beach to watch the sun set. Many leading five-star hotels can also be found in the area including The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, making the quarter one of the most vibrant in the capital.

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ON TRACK ——— The stage is set for the 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit

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The largest crowd ever seen at Yas Marina Circuit cheered Lewis Hamilton to victory at last year’s Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, bringing to a close another dramatic season with three days of track action and spectacular off-track activities for enthusiasts

SINCE ITS ADDITION TO THE F1 SEASON IN 2009, THE FOR MUL A 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GR AND PRIX AT YAS M ARINA CIRCUIT HAS BEEN A CROWD FAVOURITE

In a split second, it’s over. There’s a moment of silence as the crowd looks around in disbelief before giving a deafening roar that could give the turbocharged V6 engines a run for their money. Then, the frenzied audience is on its feet, cheering as Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clinches the F1 drivers’ championship for a second time at the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. As the jubilation dies down and visitors head out into the night, the team at Yas Marina Circuit already has plans in place for the next edition. The 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has taken months of careful preparation and, from November 27 to 29, is set to be another sellout with thousands of enthusiasts eager to witness the action live in the UAE capital. Venue manager at Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management (ADMM), Hesham Mohammed Al Junaibi led the team responsible for delivering the

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most successful F1 to date last year, with its largest ever crowd of 60,000. This time around he’s once again spearheading efforts to stage the high-octane show. From the planning and implementation of all transportation, to crowd management, health and safety during the prestigious fixture and coordinating logistical planning - much of the responsibility for the race weekend rests with Al Junaibi. “On event days, I’ll be at the venue usually three hours before the event starts. I spend most of my time with my team, being informed about every angle involved from transportation to safety. I’ll also spend time at the main operations centre where we ensure everything is in order before giving the green light to open the gates to the public,” explains Al Junaibi. An event of this magnitude is logistically complex and involves several governmental bodies, from the Department of Transport to the Abu Dhabi Tourism

& Culture Authority and many other organisations. Yas Marina Circuit is owned by the Executive Affairs Authority of the government of Abu Dhabi and operated by ADMM. With over 150 full-time employees and hundreds of part-time workers and volunteers during the Formula 1 race weekend, the focus is always on delivering the best visitor experience. “Before the races begin, I’m still leading my team and thinking of crowd management and evacuation, but it always comes together and the event is one of the most successful on the calendar,” says Al Junaibi. Since its addition to the F1 season in 2009, the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been a crowd favourite as it’s the only day-andnight race and has hosted dramatic season finales back to back over the last few years. Faisal Al Sahlawi, head of business development at ADMM, was part of the team that helped deliver the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix edition.


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F1 ticket holders can look forward to four nights of world-class entertainment over the race weekend. On Thursday, an exclusive line-up of Arabic musicians including Fares Karam, Aryam and Cheb Khaled will take to the stage, followed by international superstars Enrique Iglesias on Friday, Florence + the Machine on Saturday and Blur on Sunday


“The first gr and prix was really special . i ’m passionate about motorsports and to finally see the top tier of talent com ing to the uae was like a dream come true for me” “The first grand prix was really special. I’m passionate about motorsports and to see the top tier of talent coming to the UAE and the lights going off and the race starting was like a dream come true for me. I couldn’t believe that I was part of the team that delivered it,” says Al Sahlawi. One of Al Sahlawi’s many achievements includes launching Yas Central – an entertainment hub that offers everything from driving experiences and official merchandise to a range of F&B and entertainment options – but he admits it wasn’t easy. “The main challenge was that people used to think that race tracks are very restrictive and that they are only for professional race drivers. The purpose behind Yas Central was to attract people to what we

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call an entertainment hub. Once all the aspects were up and running, it was a nice feeling of accomplishment. When we launched, an 80 year old lady came in to go for a few laps in a race car and she had a great time,” explains Al Sahlawi. That’s perhaps what stands out the most about Yas Marina Circuit – in the span of a few years, it has grown from being known as the home of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to so much more. Aside from its popular driver experiences, visitors can also go drifting or steer a kart around the Grand Prix track. Add to that free weekly health and fitness activities on the track and annual sporting events, and it’s easy to see why Yas Marina Circuit has become a true community space in the capital.

At the heart of the hugely entertaining day is of course the sporting spectacle. As the racing season finale, the fixture promises to be electric. There is no doubt that it has been an intense Formula 1 season so far with old rivalries flaring and the tragic demise of Jules Bianchi from team Marussia. All eyes will be on the final showdown between Ferrari and Mercedes as two-time world champion Lewis Hamilton fights to retain his title from not only his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, but also from four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel who has brought fire to Ferrari since joining the team this season. One thing is for certain, as history is made this race weekend, behind the scenes a dedicated team of unsung heroes proudly looks on – before the work begins again.


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Mercedes marvel Lewis Hamilton looks set for another victory but many are also cheering on Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel who ended his remarkable tenure at Red Bull last season but has returned with impressive results this year, including three wins and eight podiums

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Embracing the elements ——— Channelling a back to basics approach, luxury spas in the capital look to nature’s purest elements to promote peace of mind

Sometimes it’s the simplest things in life that provide the most pleasure. From ancient Greek mythology to medieval alchemy, for centuries countless health and beauty beliefs were founded on the principle that all matter consisted of four basic elements – earth, fire, water and air. Even though, over time, science has proved that the subject is far more complex, these four essential elements have remained the cornerstone of numerous therapeutic practices. Considered not merely fundamental substances but rather powerful tools to achieve an all-encompassing experience, modern therapies fuse these classic components with state-of-art technologies and personal techniques such as massage to achieve the best in body manipulation. From harnessing the power of heat for hot stone healing or oxygen for a revitalising facial, right through to a salubrious soak in a milk bath and a rejuvenating natural clay wrap, Concierge invites you to take a sensory journey at some of the capital’s best spas.

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With a firm focus on many of Thailand’s most treasured health philosophies, Namm Spa successfully utilises essential elements across a wide range of treatments and first-class facilities. Located within Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Namm Spa seeks to create a memorable visit through holistic pampering. If travels have taken their toll, now’s the time to try the caramel sea mud body mask. A fantastic pick me up for jet-lagged bodies, the treatment uses a mineral-rich Dead Sea clay wrap to relieve muscle pain and relax stiff limbs. Suitable even for sensitive skins, the wrap’s natural elements help rid the body of excess water while also reducing the appearance of cellulite. Continuing to use earthy elements as a source of inspiration, the pink kaolin nourishing body mask hydrates parched, sun damaged skin by warmly enveloping the body in soft kaolin clay and a combination of luxurious oils. The hour-long session also features an exfoliating body brush and soothing scalp massage.

As one would expect from a spa that states its core pillars are based on ‘brilliance, majesty, lustre and opulence’, Atarmia Spa does not shy away from decadence. Nestled within the equally luxurious Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas on Saadiyat Island, the spa takes its aesthetical lead from the beauty of Arabia while treatments highlight the latest in innovation. The oxygen awakening facial is a clear example of this contemporary approach. As global jet setters will know, it doesn’t take long for the strain of constant travel to show on the skin’s appearance, making this treatment especially prevalent for frequent flyers. The facial decongests, oxygenates and reinvigorates the skin using delicate massage techniques alongside products that have been especially designed to promote the release of pure oxygen into the skin’s outer layer. The overall effect encourages cell renewal and leads to a lighter and brighter complexion. The treatment is available in a 60-minute or 90-minute session.


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Championing the latest in French cosmetology by Carita and Cinq, alongside products by popular Dubai-based organic skincare brand Shiffa, So SPA strives to provide an urban retreat that addresses your every beauty and pampering desire. Set within the luxurious confines of Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, the spa boasts several bespoke services. Honing in on the importance of keeping the body hydrated, So SPA offers several liquid-based therapies. Feel your worries ease away as you sink into an indulgent 45-minute milk bath. Infusing Shiffa products with aromatic rose extracts, the bath aids relaxation while leaving skin feeling ultra soft and nourished. The spa’s signature 90-minute Turkish bath also offers a great way to unwind. As soft steam envelops the body, a skilled therapist uses black soap to effectively exfoliate the body. Infused with shea butter, this rich antioxidant soap also treats skin problems and irritations before the session draws to a close with a fragrant massage.

As the name suggests, Zen the Spa at Al Ain Rotana seeks to bestow its visitors with a sense of serenity and relaxation. Drawing on the expertise derived from holistic Asian philosophies, the spa offers various rituals and treatments that honour nature’s most powerful healing sources. Fire, or heat, is often sought out in beauty treatments as it helps to release toxins and encourages increased blood flow and circulation. The warmth not only creates a calming effect but also proves to be very effective in relieving chronic pain. The spa’s signature hot stone massage uses expert movements and hot volcanic stones to ease deepseated muscle tension. While massage points can be tailored to treat each individual’s main areas of concern, the hot stones are positioned on precise acupressure points. As the muscles warm and relax, they become easier for the therapist to manipulate. Also home to a sauna, steam room, plunge pool and hammam area, Zen the Spa is the perfect place to while away the day.


Tradition, with a twist

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Souk at Qaryat Al Beriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a unique venue and the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi. Built on two levels, The Souk is an interesting fusion of Arabian architecture with a Venetian theme, which together reflects traditional Arab hospitality. Water canals meander through The Souk and nearby properties with abra boats ferrying hotel guests from the Shangri-La Hotel to various locations. Several restaurants and coffee shops have alfresco dining terraces that overlook the waters and afford a view of the picturesque landscape.

Contact: +971 2 558 1670 www.soukqaryatalberi.com

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Regarded universally as a modern architectural marvel, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi serves as an active place of worship and welcomes thousands of visitors every day. One of the most distinctive aspects of the mosque is its radiant white exterior made up of fine marble which makes for a striking portrait. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features 82 domes of various sizes and the largest is

located in the centre of the main prayer hall. The mosque is also the final resting place of the late UAE ruler HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan whose wish was that the mosque serve as a symbol of unity between people of different cultures. It is one of the few mosques in the country that is open to visitors of all faiths who can explore it at leisure and develop a deeper understanding of the religion of Islam.


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Enjoy delightful flavours and a welcoming atmosphere at Bravo in Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort. Specialising in authentic Spanish fare, visitors can pair cheese and spicy chorizo with fine vintages and savour specialities such as seafood paella and pulpo a la gallega (pictured) where boiled octopus is presented with a medley of diced potato and paprika. Contact: 02 6773333


TR ADI TIONAL TASTES ——— Executive chef Vangelis Boulis talks to Concierge about Barocco’s unique menu boasting home cooked classics

Much like the opulent 17th century French palace façade of Royal Rose Abu Dhabi, the strikingly ornate décor of Barocco, the hotel’s signature restaurant, creates an instant impression of grandeur. Yet while the venue’s gourmet presentation may match its lavish surroundings, the inspiration behind the menu is much more traditional and down-to-earth. Leading the culinary charge at Royal Rose and City Seasons Hotel Group is executive chef Vangelis Boulis. When talking with Boulis, it’s clear he has a deep appreciation for produce at its rawest, most natural form. “I grew up in Oktonia, a little village in Greece where I worked as a farmer until the age of 18 and I loved working so closely with raw products.” After a three-year spell cooking on a cruise ship, Boulis decided to pursue a more scholarly approach, returning to Europe to receive his Swiss culinary training. Since then, his experience has led him around the globe, from New York and Miami to the Queen Elizabeth Gallery in Buckingham Palace, before finally settling in Abu Dhabi four years ago. “I love living in the Middle East with its food and all the different spices and exotic tastes.” His international experience fits in well with Barocco’s gastronomic philosophy. Drawing influences from across Europe, the menu features flavours from Portugal, France, Italy, Spain and Greece all re-created with a French touch. Boulis explains: “French cuisine is maybe the most important culinary style that everyone around the world respects. Whatever I do in the kitchen uses French techniques which sees each ingredient used carefully to achieve the very best taste.” Revealing the inspiration behind the menu, Boulis says: “We wanted to do something different in Abu Dhabi, to offer something unique. So we introduced

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slow cooking. It’s all about really tasty, ‘homemade’ food created with fresh ingredients. The preparation is very important, as it can take hours to cook a meal but I really enjoy this type of cooking because I can recreate dishes that my mother and grandmother used to make for me. One of my favourites on the menu is Giouvetsi. It’s a Greek beef stew with orzo pasta, tomato and feta cheese that’s slow cooked for three hours. It’s really delicious.” Other menu highlights championing the art of slow cooking include baked guinea fowl, cooked with hay and served in a clay pot, and the sweet baby goat flambé with molasses, a century old recipe that requires the meat to marinate for two days. “To me, Barocco is a concept that reminds people about the beauty of homemade food. Some of the recipes we use are hundreds of years old and the dishes require a lot of love and hard work to achieve that traditional taste.” When it comes to Barocco’s exceptional desserts, Chef Boulis is torn. “Even though I love chocolate I would have to say try our dish, the history of old cheeses.” This unique sounding dessert is actually a rich and creamy deconstructed cheesecake, which the chef describes as having “an amazing combination of flavours”. For those seeking something to satisfy their sweet tooth, the ‘international old choconda’ is a decadent chocolate dessert originating from America that was once favoured by the Aztecs. With a clear passion for cooking and all that it entails, Chef Boulis reveals: “I enjoy seeing the happiness on the guest’s face once they take their first bite. I love to feed people good, classic food and I always say when it comes to cooking simplicity is best.” For more information and to reserve a table at Barocco in Royal Rose Abu Dhabi contact: 02 6724000


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Another exciting edition of Taste of Abu Dhabi is set to delight visitors this month

With world-class restaurants, talented chefs and signature dining settings, the UAE capital is fast becoming a gourmand’s dream. The best of the city will be well represented at Taste of Abu Dhabi – an al fresco celebration of flavours that brings together good food, drink and entertainment at du Arena on Yas Island from November 5 to 7. The inaugural edition of Taste of Abu Dhabi last year paired 15 fine-dining restaurants and celebrity chefs including Jun Tanaka and Eric Lanlard with top entertainment for a fun day out with the family. This year’s edition is set to build on its success. “With the inf lux of international and celebrity restaurants over recent years, perfectly complemented by the abundance of homegrown brands offering authentic local cuisine, there’s no denying Abu Dhabi’s culinary scene is flourishing. The city now offers everything from Michelin star to street food and everything in between, catering to every taste and style,” explains Chris Fountain, managing director of event organisers Turret Media.

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International celebrity chefs Eric Lanlard, Valentine Warner, Suzanne Husseini and duo Steven Edwards and Joshua Stanzl will headline Taste of Abu Dhabi 2015 where visitors can also enjoy fare from 25 of the city’s top restaurants, including Teatro, Villa Toscana, Blue Grill, Atayeb, Prego’s, KOI Abu Dhabi and Royal Orchid, as well as take part in a host of interactive cooking classes and workshops. “We’re excited about the sizzling line-up confirmed for this year’s festival. We’ll be serving up more of Abu Dhabi’s finest restaurants alongside the world’s top celebrity chefs, and we’re even spicing things up on the Entertainment Stage with legendary reggae band The Wailers,” explains Fountain. “Another highlight of the 2015 festival is the addition of our first ever Premier Family Lounge which will add an extra dimension to the entire event with Arabic coffee, treats and children’s entertainment.”

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—— Famed for his back to basics approach to food, Valentine Warner initially trained as a portrait painter before deciding to dabble in culinary arts. He worked in several restaurants in London before setting up a private catering company called Green Pea. Today he combines his love for the outdoors with adventures in the kitchen, describing his cooking style fondly as “international grandmother”. “I like a very simple approach based on practicality and locality as often, in my experience, it has been the simplest cooking that delivers. There is a lot of overcomplicated food that displays a lack of understanding. I like food with roots so to speak,” Warner tells Concierge. His culinary passion was born out of childhood curiosity. “I used to eat everything, I bit table legs, chomped on my sisters paints and gnawed everything. I think some of my bite marks are still out there. It was my way of understanding how the world tasted and was put together. I grew up dividing everything between edible or inedible.”

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“I like a very simple approach based on prac ticalit y and local it y as of ten, in my ex perience, it has been the simplest cooking that delivers” The celebrated chef is also remarkably at ease in front of the camera. His first hit television series What to Eat Now focused on seasonal fare while Valentine Warner: Coast to Coast saw him travel across Britain fishing and cooking his catch. More shows and best-selling books on cooking followed, offering insight into his views on life and food. Now he’s set his sights on visiting the UAE capital for Taste of Abu Dhabi where he explains visitors can look forward to “chaos” and leave with an understanding that many things can be cooked in little time. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s going on in the Abu Dhabi food scene and sitting in a café on the coast drinking tea. I’ve sampled Arabic food many times. It’s delicious, diverse and with a tender touch. I’m a huge fan of vegetables and so am hoping to take away some recipes having trotted around town. I don’t want to eat European food while there – I want to eat the local specialities,” explains Warner.

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—— One of the highlights of this year’s Taste of Abu Dhabi edition is the presence of regional personality, Suzanne Husseini. She is the author behind the best-selling cookbooks When Suzanne Cooks and Modern Flavors of Arabia, and hosts a popular Arabic cooking show on television in the Middle East. Husseini’s contemporary take on Arabian cooking reflects her love for the cuisine that she’s hoping to raise awareness about. “The food of the Arab world exudes tradition. It’s an ancient cuisine that encompasses a lot of territory. It strategically sits at the crossroads of the spice trade and the ingredients that flowed through this area are exceptional and often exotic – the freshest produce, sun-kissed fruits and enchanting spices. It is this meeting of civilisations that makes Arabic food culture so diverse and vibrant. There is no end to the possibilities,” explains Husseini. 10 9

Her love for cooking started at a young age, when she would see her mother in the kitchen. “I remember when I was around seven years old, watching my mother orchestrate her great meals in our home. I was given a place in the kitchen to make a delicious mess and later on my mother gave me my first task, which was to make rice. I graduated to pastry chef and I haven’t looked back.” In the coming year, Suzanne Husseini will be a guest chef at Le Calabash School of Cooking in France’s Loire Valley with another culinary adventure in Spain confirmed as well as a new book. First up however, is an appearance at Taste of Abu Dhabi. “I’m in my element when I’m cooking and, coupled with good music and good food, I’ll be the happiest when I can share it with my friends in Abu Dhabi. I can’t wait,” says Husseini.

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THE COLLECTION ———

A curated selection of the best of Abu Dhabi

MALLS / SOUKS / BOUTIQUES / FASHION / CULTURE / TOURS / MUSEUMS / ADVENTURE / ACTIVITIES / SPORTS / BRUNCH / FINE DINING

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Le Vault in Nation Galleria specialises in some of the best limited edition and bespoke accessories in the capital. The boutique really does have it all from exotic watch straps to space age furniture, and also accepts custom orders on select brands under their portfolio. Check out their portable watch safes (pictured), elegant lounge rocking chairs, and charming cigar humidors shaped as vintage trunks. Contact: 02 5521668

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It’s no surprise that this home-grown store has won multiple awards with its unique take on the fashion and lifestyle boutique concept. A handpicked collection of beautiful, quirky pieces by both contemporary brands and upcoming designers makes the store at Marina Mall our first portof-call for fabulous fashion finds, whether a pair of printed jeans or a head-turning evening gown. Contact: 02 6818650

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We admire the carefully edited selection of furniture, and home décor at Mosaique in Nation Galleria. On our last visit, we spotted Dina Gildeh’s colourful engraved calligraphy trays that make stylish gifts, artistic lamps from Prague-based Verreum and Arabesque stools by designer Nayef Francis who uses woven bamboo for a touch of tradition. Contact: 02 6354030

It’s like entering a large and luxurious walk-in wardrobe when you first pass through the doors of Maison Sez in Marina Office Park Villa. Manequins draped in the latest looks lounge against a dramatic red backdrop on a catwalk stage, setting the high-fashion tone of this ultra trendy boutique which stocks the latest looks and lines from London and Paris. Contact: 02 6396900

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LUXURY ACCESSORIES If you’re looking for the finest timepieces and jewellery, let us be your guide

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With a history that dates back to the 1930s, this Bahrain-based jewellery company is renowned for its fine craftsmanship and unique collections that celebrate Arabian heritage, such as the Arab Deco collection. The high jewellery and bridal lines are worth a look with designs incorporating magnificent gems that are very popular with royal family members in the region. Visit: alzainjewellery.com

Showcasing the finest watch and jewellery collections, Al Manara has built an enviable reputation for itself in Abu Dhabi. Browse the latest timepieces from Audemars Piguet and A. Lange & Söhne or try on jewellery from Chopard and Graff. Tirisi jewellery is also exclusively sold here. Visit: amij.com DAMAS

One of the Middle East’s leading watch and jewellery retailers, Damas boasts around 300 stores in the region, including several in the United Arab Emirates. The latest Fabergé, Roberto Coin and Garrard collections can be found here while the brand’s own jewellery lines – Farfasha, Hayati and Ananya – feature exceptional ethnic and Arabianinspired designs. Visit: damasjewellery.com MOHD. RASOOL KHOORY & SONS

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One of the largest luxury retailers in the region, Rivoli Group’s Prestige concept features worldfamous designer watchmaking brands. Discover the latest timepieces from Breguet, Blancpain, Glashütte Original, Jaquet Droz, Omega, Zenith, Jaeger-LeCoultre and more. Visit: rivoligroup.com

A respected name in luxury watchmaking circles, Mohd. Rasool Khoory & Sons represents some of the best international brands from Rolex and Parmigiani Fleurier to Frédérique Constant and more. With a number of boutiques across the capital, this is the name to remember when looking for new timepieces. Visit: mrkhoory.com

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SALWA ZEIDAN GALLERY

The gallery opened in 1994 at a time when the UAE’s art scene was still being established and is today one of the most famous galleries in the country. Now located in The Collection at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, founder and director Salwa Zeidan offers a wealth of knowledge about local art trends and opportunities as well as up and coming talent to look out for. Specially curated collections adorn the walls of this serene space, and a lot of pieces are available at accessible prices making it the ideal destination for first-time art buyers and collectors in the city. Contact: 02 6659858

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Showcasing a stellar mix of local and international artists, N2N Gallery in Abu Dhabi’s Nation Galleria is perhaps best known for its selection of Ukrainian and Crimean art. Look out for modern artworks by Petro Bevza, Kateryna Kosyanenko, Mykola Zhuravel, Igor Shipilin and Stepan Ryabchenko. The gallery recently opened a second space in Al Ain Tower in Khalidiya with changing displays each season. N2N Gallery also runs art classes with visiting artists. Contact: 02 6659858

Tucked away in the bustling Al Bateen district is a charming villa that houses the Etihad Modern Art Gallery. Here visitors can discover some of the best up and coming Emirati and regional talent as the gallery hosts regular exhibitions and events aimed at enticing art collectors. Spend an afternoon at the gallery before enjoying lunch at the quirky Art House Café next door where the eclectic furniture is made from reclaimed and recycled material. Contact: 02 6660175

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If you’re looking to make a unique style statement, head to Abu Dhabi Mall. We recommend the chic gowns at Adrianna Papell while The One offers eclectic home accessories. Abu Dhabi Mall is open daily from 10am to 10pm on weekdays and 10am to 11pm on weekends. Contact: 02 6454858 BOUTIQUE CHARM

Avenue at Etihad Towers is the place to go for an exclusive shopping experience. It’s also home to the world’s first and only Stéphane Rolland boutique. Avenue at Etihad Towers is open daily from 10am to 10pm, except Friday when it opens from 3pm until 11pm. Contact: 800 3844238

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We love shopping at Yas Mall because of its direct access to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest indoor theme park. After a morning spent riding a record-breaking roller coaster, next up is British favourite House of Fraser which can be found in the mall. Yas Mall is open daily from 10am to 10pm on weekdays and 10am to midnight on weekends. Contact: 800 9276255

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Thanks to its unique location on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche Breakwater, Marina Mall is also a great spot for photo opportunities. Sweeping views highlight the emirate’s skyscrapers in the distance. There’s also plenty of retail therapy with a fantastic selection of stores. Marina Mall is open daily from 10am to 10pm on weekdays and 10am to midnight on weekends. Contact: 02 6818300

For exclusive collections and the best in VIP treatment, The Galleria on Al Maryah Island is our venue of choice. Many boutiques here also offer bespoke jewellery and can engrave timepieces which make ideal gifts. The Galleria is open daily from 10am to 10pm Saturday to Wednesday, 10am to midnight on Thursdays and noon to midnight on Fridays. Contact: 02 6166999

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A 15-minute drive up a steep winding road leads to the summit of Jebel Hafeet – the highest peak in the UAE from which the whole of Al Ain is visible. It’s a worthy way to round off a day spent visiting the capital’s second city and a perfect place to catch the sunset. If you’d like to make a day of it Green Mubazzarah at the foot of Jebel Hafeet is a wonderful picnic spot during the cooler months.

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Elegant pink f lamingos, Indian tigers, African giraffe and Arabian oryx are among the many exotic creatures that call this 400-hectare park their home. Al Ain Zoo’s bird house is a highlight for anyone with an interest in feathered creatures and we also recommend booking a fantastic night tour to witness the nocturnal habits of animals at the zoo. Contact: 03 7992000

One for extreme sport enthusiasts, Wadi Adventure counts whitewater rafting, surfing and kayaking among its many high-octane attractions. The firstrate facilities are often used by Olympic athletes to train during winter, when the capital’s warm climate offers perfect conditions for all manner of waterbased activities. Contact: 03 7818422 AL AIN NATIONAL MUSEUM

The history of Al Ain stretches back thousands of years with various ancient sites testifying to the early civilisations that settled here. Al Ain National Museum runs through the most significant of these with two interesting exhibitions that cover the archaeological history of the area and local culture with admirable collections of Bedouin jewellery, musical instruments and weaponry. Contact: 03 7118331

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Stretching across eight kilometres of pristine waterfront, Abu Dhabi Corniche is one of the best places to spend time with the family. The public beach here is worth a visit but it can get quite busy on weekends so remember to head out early. Alternatively, rent a bicycle and enjoy views of the city’s iconic skyscrapers and lush greenery or stop by one of the nearby cafés and enjoy a delicious shawarma or three. MUSHRIF CENTRAL PARK

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Recently redeveloped, Mushrif Central Park is like no other park we’ve seen. Stretching for miles, it offers the perfect setting for both exercise and relaxation with a host of attractions including an animal barn, a dedicated children’s garden and a ‘wisdom garden’ that honours the legacy of the UAE’s founding father and late president HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Contact: 02 6669559

Located just past Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas on Saadiyat Island, the public beach on Saadiyat Island is an oasis of calm. Enjoy weekly yoga classes and eco-friendly water sports activities such as windsurfing and sailing, or stroll along the sandy white shores. There is a café on-site with a wonderful selection of snacks and drinks, so you can easily spend the day lounging in this stunning setting.

Home to sprawling safari terrain dotted with herds of wild animals, Sir Bani Yas Island is a memorable destination. Book a wildlife drive with Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, located on the island, or explore the island’s archaeological sites that provide fascinating insights into the lives of the early settlers, the Bani Yas tribe, who originally called the island home.Contact: 02 8015400

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Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the grand setting of The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa at the heart of Abu Dhabi Golf Club, a 27-hole championship course. The resort’s Heavenly Spa features a wonderful array of spa treatments that live up to its name. Try the Heavenly Massage that uses heated compresses to relax muscles. Contact: 02 6169999

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Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi is one of the city’s most iconic hotels, famed for its avant-garde design and views of Yas Marina Circuit which plays host to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi is an ideal retreat complete with relaxation lounges overlooking the race track and a fantastic range of treatments, including expert facials and massages. For the ultimate indulgence, book a personalised treatment at the lavish presidential spa suite that features its own hammam and steam room with a rain shower. Contact: 02 6560862

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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort rises like a luxury oasis from the sand dunes of the Empty Quarter desert. At the hotel, Anantara Spa presents the best of the east and combines traditional Arabic rituals with wellness therapies from Thailand. Try the signature Arabian Rose and Ruby Ritual that features a decadent 1,001 roses milk bath, rose mask and massage, and expert facial. Contact: 02 8862088

Housed in Abu Dhabi’s own ‘leaning tower’ Capital Gate building that inclines a record-breaking 18 degrees is the serene Rayana Spa. Perched high on the 19th floor of the hotel and overlooking the city, Rayana Spa offers a unique spa-in-the-sky experience. The spa menu celebrates the best of Arabia using key ingredients such as salt from Jordan’s Dead Sea. Contact: 02 5961100

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Earlier this year we had the privilege of attending Abu Dhabi Classics’ fantastic Staatskapelle Dresden concert at the historic Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain. The setting was spectacular and made us appreciate the charming fort even more. Al Jahili Fort also houses a permanent exhibition on British adventurer Sir Wilfred Thesiger’s famed journey across The Empty Quarter desert. Contact: 03 7843996

—— SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE

While the mosque is a striking monument to view from afar, we recommend having a tour of the mosque as it exceeds all expectations. To get a closer look at its many facets and gain a deeper understanding of Islam, join one of the complimentary guided tours that take place every day in the mornings and evenings. Contact: 02 4191919 HERITAGE VILLAGE

Step into Bedouin life at the Heritage Village on the Corniche Breakwater which has been designed to present a traditional feel. There is a small souk here that sells interesting souvenirs. Contact: 02 6814455

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We’ve never had a more fascinating introduction to the world of falcons than at Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. Take a photograph while holding one of these majestic birds or watch them swoop through the sky at the free-flight aviary. Expert trainers will reveal their insider knowledge at guided tours but it’s advisable to call ahead to confirm timings. Contact: 02 6166999

AL QATTARA ARTS CENTRE

This cultural gem can be found at the heart of Al Ain’s serene Al Qattara Oasis. Specialising in local and Arab art, we’ve loved the calligraphy workshops and community art events at the centre. During the cooler months, the weekend handicrafts market in the neighbouring Al Qattara Souk is also worth a visit. Contact: 03 7618080

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An offbeat cultural attraction, this quaint harbour by the Mina Zayed port is a hive of activity. We recommend heading there early in the morning to see the traditional abra boats set sail or later in the evening as catches are offloaded. The scene presents a striking contrast between the past and present with the emirateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modern skyline in the distance. Contact: 800 9276255 ETIHAD ANTIQUES GALLERY

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Walking into the Antiques Gallery feels like wandering into a scene from the Arabian Nights classic. A treasure trove of historic art works await in each room in this villa, along with magnificently hilted swords and centuries-old stately ornaments. You could be forgiven for rubbing an old-style lamp at the gallery in the hope of being offered three wishes by the resident genie. Contact: 02 6671229

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Away from the main complex of The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi is a charming set of buildings along a pristine beachfront. It’s here that you’ll find Turquoiz that stands out not just for its vibrant setting but also its menu. Order the home smoked salmon, linguini pasta and, if you’re craving some good old fashioned comfort food, the exceptional crispy cod with hand cut chips. Contact: 02 4988888

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The new and improved Stills Outdoor Lounge at Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island will soon become your favourite. With views overlooking the golf course and Abu Dhabi’s skyline, the menu satisfies all palates. For a fresh burst of flavours, try the celeriac remoulade (pictured). Contact: 02 6563000 BEACH HOUSE

Nothing quite beats the view from Beach House at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas. Perched on one of the capital’s most beautiful beaches and boasting an irresistible selection of Mediterranean sharing platters, Beach House really does have it all. Contact: 02 4071138

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After a day exploring Manarat Al Saadiyat, stop by Fanr. Not only does the restaurant boast a delicatessen, cheese counter and dessert station, the menu also celebrates contemporary fusion fare. Try the delicious braised lamb shank and smoked salmon bagel. If you’re feeling adventurous, Fanr also serves one of the tastiest camel burgers in the capital that has just the right hint of spice. Contact: 02 6575888

If you’ve ever wondered what a luxurious barbecue experience might involve, book a table at BBQ Al Qasr in Emirates Palace. This beachside restaurant is ideal for a romantic date. Picture views of the serene beachfront as you savour perfectly grilled steaks and seafood under the stars. The service is also five-star – you’d expect nothing less from this premium venue. Contact: 02 6907999

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We can’t decide whether its the fresh French baguettes, hearty German loaves or sweet Swiss pastries that keep us coming back to dine at this rustic eatery in the heart of Yas Island. There are more than 30 home-baked breads alongside tartines, sandwiches, mains and desserts inspired by the varied cuisines of the French Alsace region so be sure to arrive hungry and try as much as you possibly can. Contact: 050 8115414

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This bustling bistro and bakery in Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi has a charming community-café feel that sets it apart from many others in the city. The food here is a mix of healthy snacks and mouthwatering comfort food in the form of tasty muffins, scrumptious sandwiches and irresistible cakes. Contact: 02 6742020 DOLCE

Hands-down the best place for ice cream in Abu Dhabi, Dolce is made even better by the fun, colourful setting that gets you in the mood for sprinkles and marshmallow toppings. There are cakes and desserts too, so even if ice cream isn’t your thing this sweet haven at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal more than satisfies. Contact: 02 8188888

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The great thing about this restaurant, at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, is that it presents a fusion of Arabian cuisine with a modern twist. Expect classics from Morocco, Tunisia and the Levant region. The slowcooked lamb tajine and samak mashwi – grilled sea bream wrapped with grape leaves – are highlights from the eclectic menu. Contact: 02 6560600 MEZLAI

Don’t miss the chance to dine in the only five-star Emirati restaurant in the capital. Mezlai at Emirates Palace is a real treat where you’ll find authentic Emirati cuisine. Choose to dine al fresco on the terrace or inside where the space is decorated in Arabian splendour. Try the grilled Omani lobster or the lamb makbous where succulent meat is mixed in with spiced rice. Contact: 02 6907999 ALMAZ BY MOMO

Widen your horizons at this vibrant venue where culinary influences come from North Africa and the Levant region. Try the healthy organic salads or the North African tasting menu which features tajine, Moroccan pastries and more. Contact: 02 6767702

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The exotic combinations at this restaurant at Southern Sun Abu Dhabi have us coming back for more. There’s a blend of hot and cold mezze, light bites and traditional mixed grills, as well as a dedicated sushi counter, each offering unexpected pairings. Beef kebabs come with cherries, and fried calamari feature generous use of Arabic spices and green lime mayonnaise on the side. Contact: 02 8184888 LI BEIRUT

You’ll experience a taste of the region and beyond at Li Beirut. The restaurant, at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, takes traditional cooking methods from the Middle East and adds ingredients from around the world to sensational effect. The excellent menu features a host of innovative creations such as meat kebbeh with foie gras and zaatar-crusted lamb. Contact: 02 8115666

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Indulge in an oasis of luxury and break free from everyday life and venture into a world where each moment is a beautiful memory at the stunning desert hideaway Tilal Liwa Hotel. Spend an adventurous getaway and enjoy thrilling desert experience.

Standing out in style, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Friday brunch features a variety of cuisines from the hotel’s top venues: Sontaya, Turquoiz, 55&5th, Olea and Manhattan Lounge. But that’s not all – at this hotel-wide brunch, each signature dish will be paired with a delicious beverage by expert chefs and mixologists, adding to the epicurean adventure. Taking place every Friday from 1pm to 4pm, brunch prices start from just AED395 per person with house beverages. Contact: 02 6993333

‘Danat Weekend Escape’ package starting from Dhs.449* including buffet breakfast for two adults and two kids below 12 years old, camel trekking, 20% discount on massage and food & beverage.

ZUMA ABU DHABI

Book now at www.danathotels.com or for more information call +971 2 894 6111.

Zuma needs little introduction and its venue at The Galleria on Al Maryah Island is one of the best in the country. Every Friday, the space hosts a lively brunch complete with many of the restaurant’s signature dishes, live cooking stations and friendly service. The brunch, which takes place from 12:30pm to 4pm, costs just AED445 per person with prosecco as well as house wine and beer. Contact: 02 6560000

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For brunch with a Mediterranean feel, head to Byblos Sur Mer at InterContinental Abu Dhabi. The restaurant boasts sea views as well as the finest Lebanese cuisine. Enjoy a delicious set menu with live entertainment on Friday afternoons from just AED348 per person, including free-flowing house beverages. Shisha is also available to add some local flavour to the experience. Contact: 02 6666888

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THE SOUK AT QARYAT AL BERI Traditional, market-style shopping meets luxury retail at this modern waterfront souk. Visitors can hop on an abra and enjoy a leisurely cruise around the ornate Venetianinspired property. Inside, shops and boutiques offer everything from designer clothing to antique ornaments and furniture.

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HERITAGE/CULTURE 1 Al Hosn Palace 2 Cultural Foundation 3 Falcon Hospital 4 Gallery One 5 Ghaf Art Gallery 6 Heritage Village 7 Manarat Al Saadiyat

Download the Visit Abu Dhabi mobile app to find out all the city has to offer from cultural attractions to nearby dining options

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ASK THE CONCIERGE Abu Dhabi has an enormous variety of attractions that visitors can explore and enjoy. The UAE capital features beautiful beaches, cultural sites and many entertainment and leisure activities. Now with several high-profile movies being shot in Abu Dhabi, people are increasingly keen to visit movie sites. However one of the most remarkable aspects of Abu Dhabi still remains its gastronomical offerings. Chamas Churrascaria & Bar at InterContinental Abu Dhabi is a paradise for meat lovers – they actually keep serving skewers of delicious meat to your table until you ask them to stop. Another favourite in the capital is Stratos, a revolving lounge and bar at Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi. The 360 degree views from here are really stunning. The new Pearls by Michael Caines at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is also a culinary highlight, presenting fine dining cuisine with a casual touch in the capital. The menu is created by the two Michelin starred chef and has fantastic views making the restaurants one of the best places to enjoy great food and wine.

Pyae Phyo Naing, assistant concierge manager at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, reveals Abu Dhabi’s signature dining destinations

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THE NEW PEARLS BY MICHAEL CAINES AT JUMEIRAH AT ETIHAD TOWERS PRESENTS A DIFFERENT CONCEPT OF FINE DINING WITH A CASUAL TOUCH IN THE CAPITAL

1 Pearls by Michael Caines, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers 2 Mezlai, Emirates Palace 3 Grills@Chill’O, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

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Speaking of wine, connoisseurs will appreciate a visit to La Cava at Rosewood Abu Dhabi. The wine bar has won many awards and features a wide variety of wine from different regions and parts of the world - you can get lost in the menu. French restaurant Brasserie Angélique at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers features over 300 wines and visitors can pair fine vintages with authentic French cheeses. When in Abu Dhabi make sure you don’t miss the chance to try out the excellent Arabic cuisine on offer across the city. Most local restaurants present a menu of classic Arabic fare so keep an eye out for assorted cold and hot mezzeh and Arabic lentil soup, which are regarded as favourites. The traditional Emirati lamb medfoun at Mezlai in Emirates Palace is a delight. The fresh, tender meat is wrapped in banana leaves and slowly cooked. For seafood lovers, fish salouna at Al Fanar Restaurant & Café in Venetian Village at The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is an ideal choice. The fish is cooked in tomato sauce and onions and infused with local spices before being served with fragrant white rice. After a day out exploring the city in the sunshine, visitors can unwind at Grills@Chill’O at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. The restaurant presents one of the best settings to enjoy a memorable sunset. Another top choice for sundowners is Turquoiz at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. The serene beach lounge is a great spot to enjoy your evenings with refreshing cocktails and snacks. One of the newest lounges in Abu Dhabi is Pearls Lounge – located on the terrace of Pearls by Michael Caines at our hotel – and is another excellent choice for a relaxed evening with friends complete with inspired flavours and delicious drinks.

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PRESERVING CRAFTS FOR A FUTURE VISION The Traditional Handicrafts Festival and Exhibition is showcase of traditions from across the UAE, inspiring younger generations by defining, preserving and promoting Emirati handicrafts underlining their importance as an integral part of Emirati national identity. LOCATION | Souq Al Qattara - Al Ain DATE | 29 October – 7 November 2015 TIME | 9 AM – 1 PM 2 PM – 10 PM

EVENT

EVENT ACTIVITY

LOCATION

Folklore shows

Al Rababa Al Ayala Al Yolla Al Taghrooda Al Sheela Al ‘Azi

Heritage and Cultural Competitions

Arabic coffee preparation Preparing traditional cuisines Children Youla competition Cultural competitions

Al Harbia

Falconry Displays Al Sadu

Friday Souq

Traditional items Falconry equipment Dates Heritage clothing Camping equipment Sweets Traditional Gifts Traditional cuisines

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Talli

Henna

Handicrafts Art Exhibition

Souq Al Qattara Souq Al Qattara Al Qattara Arts Centre

Workshops

Traditional crafts Traditional cuisines

Pottery “Al Da’on”

Souq Al Qattara

Hospitality

Arabic Coffee Traditional cuisines

Dates Sweets

Souq Al Qattara

Student Tours

Traditional cuisines organised tours for school students Traditional cuisines educational workshops for school students (morning) Traditional cuisines workshops for families (evening) Traditional cuisines organised tours for secondary school and universities students (evening)

Souq Al Qattara Al Qattara Arts Centre

Technical Workshops

Children’s workshops Photography competition Drawing and painting

Souq Al Qattara Al Qattara Arts Centre

For more information abudhabievents.ae

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